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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary - Russian River Brewing Company

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 627
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.83% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mnapier on 04-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 262 | Reviews: 135
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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened last night with friends along side some other outstanding beers but this one was the high point of the night for me.

Bottle opened with a nice pop, very well carbed. Poured a golden color with a small white head ( was a fairly small pour so it didn't kick up to much foam). The smell was acidic with definite funky cheese notes. The taste was sour and surprisingly bright for a 5 year old American Wild Ale. The mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. Overall this was tied with beat b3 for the best beer of the night. Beat out cable car 2012 DDG b1 and b2. The Russian rivers beat out lost abbey the whole night.

Photo of NWer
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like dirtylou, I too ticked this beauty off at the Seattle Beer Week Sour Fest at Brouwers Cafe in Fremont.
What a surprise! I had no idea what I was in for when I landed a glass of this gem.
Nice too that it was a full pour into a snifter and not the small 6 oz thing. Savored this all the way through lunch.
Sour, dry, smooth.
I'll leave the subtleties for others.
The thrill of a lifetime.

Photo of tjthresh
3.86/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour appear golden to amber with a lasting dirty white head that coats the glass as you drink. The nose has some oak, bretty funk, a bit of pineapple, and a bit of a cottage cheese or yogurt. Very tart and tangy. Mixed fruit flavors, and tannic. Medium working on full body. Average amount of carbonation and a bone dry finish. A very good beer from a style that I don't typicaly appriciate.

Photo of pwoods
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Wetherel and StFun for the bottles.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

Review #600

A: Pours a golden, orangish, glowing amber. Decent sized, nearly pearl white, head on the pour with decent retention. Nice, somewhat spotty lacing.

S: Nice, clean funkiness with plenty of sour and tart fruit notes. The funk big enough to be somewhat cheesy but not near the level of Girardin Black Label.

T/M: Yowza, big time tartness with plenty of sourness and more of the funkiness. Tart and sourness is big on lemon along with a bit of mango in the back. The funk is cheesy but not heavy and with some of the barnyard, dustiness, and wet hay. Some light, earthy oak in the back. Body is meidum to medium light with good carbonation. Very drying that lends some leathery notes.

D: Good ABV and very tasty. You definitely have to be slow and savor it.

Photo of ggaughan
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer poured a cloudy amber color with a pretty large white head that stuck around for awhile, fluffy. Nose was tart, a bit dried fruit and wood. The taste is dry, tart with some pepper on the tongue. Very present and complimentary oak notes in the background. There is also a nice citrus character. Excellent beer that I am glad I was able to get a bottle of.

Photo of RomanW70
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Blissscent for sharing this speacial treat. Pours yellow hazy orange gold with a small white head. Aroma is seriously sour with strong notes of apples and citrus. Flavor is also hugely tart, but with noticeable woody notes. Huge finish to this one, and it lasts. It has the very nice quality of being both very funky, very sour, and very clean.

Photo of nkersten
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at recent tasting with Chicago crew. Pours a hazy orange with a white head, good retention throughout. Smell is oak, straw, barnyard, lots of lemons and sour citrus. Taste is very tart lemons, some orange zest, a bit of funk and oak. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a moderate carbonation, very nice for a style that seems to be dominated by dry, highly carbonated beers. Overall a very drinkable beer, but not my favorite American wild.

Photo of DJButters
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Russian River 'TION Night at Toronado 2012. Finally able to try after many years of searching. The refusal to part with my -bals has paid off. A 6oz pour, for $5.

A: Seems very light in color compared to other RR brews. Somewhere in between Temp & Sup. A dirty light brown, copper. Head disappears quickly after pour.

S: Oak, Cherry and funk. It better have some level of funk, this beer has been waiting in a keg for 5 years waiting for me.

T: It is amazing that this beer is 5 years old. It gives me hope for my 3L collection and the age will not harm it. I have to say that I feel Temp and Beat age very well in comparison. A keg of 08 Temp seemed to provide more funk, while the Deviation was highly acidic. Still a very solid taste where the oak and cherry shines through. As the beer warmed it obviously got better and the flavor profile changed and become more pronounced.

M: Acidic and very well carbonated.

O: Very good beer. Notice how I said very good. I don't think it could match up to the hype and rarity that has been placed upon its narrow shoulders. The keg was blown in 40min. With so many good AWA offered by RR don't stress if you cant get one. Just stick with the standards and you will do just fine. Beat however is a different animal entirely. Thanks to Natalie for popping a few 3L b3 btls.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A long time want of mine. Shared at a tasting. 4oz. pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a large single layer of coarse bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, stunning deep orange. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Nose is musty, earthy, and dirty. Brett funkiness is very apparent as well as a high level of acidity. Fruit characteristics are subtle but hints of lemon and citrus are detectable.

T: Opens slightly sweet but make no mistake, this is one of the more sour beers that I've come across in this category. Very puckering from beginning to end. Brett funkiness in the back as well as notes of grape and lemon. Finish is juicy and aftertaste is tart, and slightly dry.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively in the mouth and slightly coarse going down. Finish is wet and messy with an aftertaste that lingers and is dry. This is how all sours should feel on the palate.

D: Probably the best or second best Russian River sour I've had the chance to try to date. A very solid beer and definitely at the top of its class. Complexity is present but a bit dominated by the intense sourness this one brings. Feel is spot on though and drinkability is incredible.

Photo of dirtylou
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damnit - I'm a ticker :(

on-tap, sourfest 2012 (1st keg to kick)

appearance: served in a 12oz snifter, rich light amber-mahogany body, 1/2" residual tan cream

smell: smells like a whale...oak-forward, tart cherries, funky lemon rind, earthy and wild

taste: seattle beer week has long since exceeded all expectations - this was the first beer i ordered on a glorious thursday morning at brouwers. It was my favorite of the day, as well as the favorite of the relative-sour novice i beerfriended next to me. Really a terrific sour brown - oak, tart cherry, leather and wood, funky yeast, lemon rind. This has aged wonderfully - a great honor to bottleworks and russian river

mouthfeel: deeply acidic, funky

overall: a whale with a cause

Photo of mikey711
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to javier for this bottle. Had this over the summer

A: big fluffy white head. the beer is slightly orangy/copper color with some cloudiness. it is slightly cloudy and does leave very nice lacing

S: Extremely fruity with notes of melon, peach and tangerines that are have a very pleasant tartness while being mellow enough to still enjoy. a slight bit of woodiness and funk as well

T: Very fruity again, both tart and sweet. a slight floralness is present with some brett in the finish. its got a bit of lemon citrus and peaches

M: Very well rounded with no real harshness of note.

D: this is without a doubt one of the best beers i have ever had. i feel extremely lucky that i have gotten to try it and i hope to come across more in the future

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just cracked open my first and only bottle of this beer with BA's Gilmango and colonelforbin because they got me into the Bruery Reserve Society Event. Thanks guys

Poured into my Stone Sample glass and had about 3 fills. Pours with little to no head and very little lacing. Nice color to it though. A light redish color.

Smells wonderful. Lots of Bret funkyness. Some smells of sort of peach mango almost.

Tastes awesome although not the best sour I have had this is in the top 10. Lots more Oak than all others I have had which works well for the beer. Again some flavors of tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice carb and thin like most sours.

Overall an amazing beer that I was glad to have. A little on the dissapointing side because of the hype because it's not as good as expecting but still awesome.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

MASSIVE thanks to Tim for getting this for me. Dedicated to my new house.

poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass, served at 46 degrees

pours a deep gold with slight hue of brown. light fluffy white head that leaves very light retention. very light lacing.

has that very typical russian river sonambic scent. deep sour flavors combined with a light peach and apricot. a light zest to it.

starts out quite sour and then quickly allows the flavors to really emerge. lots of peach and apricot just dominate. light grape and lemon as background fruit. a light oaky and leathery combination then begin to show themselves. a very fruit finish. a bit of oak in the aftertaste.

perfect carbonation, really highlights the flavors. a hint of dryness. sourness really tingles the mouth, but for a short time so the flavors are never dulled.

this is pure perfection. i am always weary of hype but this is not hype, this is the real deal.

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to largadeer for sharing this awesome rarity!

A - Nice hazy copper color with just a small amount of white foam and great lacing.

S - Aroma is bretty funk, honey, wild tartness, and oak. Smells nicely tart and well-balanced without going to ridiculous levels.

T - Flavor is fairly tart, but not overly so, with dry white wine, oak, lemon, and brown sugar. Incredibly well-balanced and tasty.

M - Great sharp yet smooth palate with long finish and an biting acidic sensation lingering on the palate.

D - High for a beer this sour. This is another awesome sour beer from Vinnie at RR.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Tiny head.

Smell - Sharp lactic acid. Some lemon and hay. Slight acetic note.

Taste - Nice lactic acid. Citrus sourness. Hay. A little lambicky. Grainy. Funky and a little peppery.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is still really good. Impressive for an American sour.

Photo of thagr81us
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with the group! A MASSIVE tick for my Russian River -tion Quest as I never thought I would get a chance to taste this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, and fruit undertones. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is nothing short of excellent! This one really lived up to the hype for as both the aroma and flavor on this one were nothing short of phenomenal. Unfortunately I couldn't taste the rare, but I have decided not to dock any points for this fact. The nice fruit undertones I got in this one helped to blend the beer together and not make it a sour/tart bomb by refreshing the palate slightly between sips. A really well done brew that has held up wquite well over time. Worth the trade weight for sure!

Photo of jsilva
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared at a tasting with some other BA's thanks Brian for bringing this one.

A- Nice amber gold appearance pours so nicely into an allagash tulip. Nice small white head with some slight retention.
S- Not super complex on the smell with mostly apple juice, green apples and light wood. Some slight leathery funk but very subtle.
T- Just like the smell but so perfectly balanced with sour sweet juicy apples, grapes, slight red wine vinegar, and a bit of citrus fruit. Perfect amount of sourness not over the top.
M- Very nice balanced sourness not overpowering and dry finish with good carbonation.
D- This was very refreshing and I will definitely look forward to having this one again.

Photo of akorsak
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wetpaperbag for this long ago trade. A corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The wild ale, a treasure finally seeing its time in the sun, is a tea-colored orange-brown hybrid. Darker than I was expecting, the ale retains its translucence. Each pour, done sparingly, leads to a finger of eggshell white head. A few stray legs of lace are the only remnants of the head above the beer level.

S: Very tart, the lemon in the nose flicks at me. Lots of berries and fruit, all sweet and strong, contribute. A wooden fullness, lending vanilla, is comforting. Grapes and apples bring a sweet-and-sour combination. Heavy on the citric acidity; no acetic aromas here.

T: Wow, not nearly as tart as I was expecting. The blending has taken rough edges off, replacing them with sweet berries and wood. On second thought, the ale is plenty tart. Further reflection does a body good. The lemony tartness is strikingly acidic, a citric blast night and day from that of hops. Behind the lemon, ripe berries and fleshy core fruits linger. The wood binds everything together, adding vanilla and strength. Sweet and sour grapes and apples provide a tart-free flavors in the later stages of each sip. Tropical fruits, pineapple and coconut, are also present adding more citrus fodder.

M: Flickering tartness registers throughout. The wild flavors are strong and focused, lemony with a strong biscuity finish. A full taste comes through in every sip.

O: As with most good to great sours, I find that the ale fills me up quickly. A great way to get filled up though.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed back on 888, reviewed from fairly meticulous notes. Shared with SAS, Inflatablechair, and theotherbeerguy.

My share poured into a Chimay goblet.

Thanks to Steven's old roommate Travis, Steven and I picked up our allotted 4 bottles at Bottleworks for $30/bottle.. they are worth the pricetag.

Head is rocky and long lasting ... sorta flecked with yeast ... brew sorta looks like an unfiltered sparkling cider but with a nice head...

My nose is not ready for this brew.. the aroma is apple juice... citrus.. pineapple and quite a bit of funk thrown in for good measure... musty cellar.. reminds me of my Grandma Shaw's basement in the spring.

Wow... I was right.. my palate was not ready nor experienced enough for this one... bracing acid.. underripe plum.. slight sour cherry.. crab-apple.. everything tart... dry finish.. and a little bit of oak... Mousy? Horsey? Barnyard? I'm out.. I don't know what else to say.

Body is effervescent.. and on the light side.. complexity is off the charts... It's been a while since I had a Sanctification.. makes me want to raid the cellar right now... pretty much amazing.. far and away one of the best beers I've ever had.

4.5/5/5/4/5

Photo of jegross2
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing Deviation (Bottleworks IX) from Russian River Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa, California. Major thanks to Ben for sending me this rare treat!

Score: 99

Bottle is from the spring of 2008. Served in a Cantillon stemmed balloon glass and enjoyed on 11/16/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with yellowish hue highlights towards the edge of the body. Pours two to three fingers of white head that settle to a nice layer coating the top of the beer. Splotchy lacing, below average retention. 4/5

Smell: Oak, Brett, lemon, and then Bretty funky. The Brett qualities act like a book end on the nose. The funkiness is shockingly pleasant for a five year old beer, and not medicinal or crazy weird or present to the degree of being an "acquired pleasure" like a funky cheese would be. 5/5

Taste: Sour lemon, then wood and a light, familiar mustiness. Has a hint of mildew that adds a little something extra, without making the beer taste "off" or overly funky, like the magnum of 2004 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze that we drank on my birthday this year. Light vanilla notes and a dash of vinegar too. Lingering lemon and wood in the finish. Has a nice level of tartness without being bracingly sour a la aged Beatification. Not nearly as complex as Mimosa, Izzy or CCK, but (1) is that really a fair comparison, and (2) Deviation nonetheless delivers big on taste and drinkability. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied with more carbonation that expected, though it does not come across as being "over carbonated." Feels quite "full bodied" for an American wild ale. Nice tartness, dry finish. 5/5

Overall: I have heard from numerous people that this beer is "over the hill", but be they wrong or this bottle ideally stored, this brew was magnificent. Even side-by-side with Mimosa, Cable Car Kriek and Izzy, this beer stacked up nicely. I wish I could obtain another that tasted exactly like this with relative ease. Drink 'em if you got 'em.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle (but good luck finding one at that price nowadays).

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ryan for opening this bottle up with me on a whim! This is a long time want that I would have never thought I'd have the chance to try.

Pours a cloudy burnt amber gold with a thin, noisy cap that retains far better than I would have guessed. Leaves a bit of sticky lace... lovely.

A massive wallop of acidity is noticeable before I even think to sniff at the glass. Warhead status sour punch cleans the nostrils, transitioning into a smooth sense of bright fruit and old oak. A bit of vanilla if you really hunt for it... something sweet on the tail end.

It's no more forgiving to the palate... big funky overripe fruits, white wine vinegar, some sour citric flesh, that oak really shines in this regard... finishes beautifully dry, keeps you thirsty. For how sour this one is, I could easily drink the entire bottle to my dome slice. Delicious indeed.

I am forever indebted to you, good sir. Wow!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SCORE! There are three beers that have haunted me for what seemed like forever. Deviation, Cable Car, and Toronado 20th. Well, I can finally knock one of them off of that list. A very generous BA has traded me some liquid gold and I wasted no time at all getting down to business with it. Served chilled, and poured into a Darkness snifter of all things. This one was consumed on 11/19/2008.

The pour was wonderful, really just spot on for the style. Rich and very hazy reddish tinted amber coming forward right away. This one was definitely something to watch. Rich with a nice head of about an inch and a half of white foam creeping up over the top of the glass. Nice lacing as well, and a slow settle down left me anxious to lean in for a closer look.

The smell, wow, the smell. This was exactly, to a tee, what I wanted to see come out of this one. Huge aroma of sour apples, tart funkiness that can only be akin to vinegar. As it warmed though it transformed, with an almost citrus like tone coming through and a nice and mellow grain profile that seemed to sneak up on me at the end. The flavor was just spot on. So deliciously funky that it almost burned my mouth. Rich notes of apple, vinegar, hints of grain and a wonderful touch of lemon all seemed to combine at just the right time. Deep earthy touches as well, what could only be described as a fantastic combination of flavors on all accounts. Smooth, delicious and endlessly drinkable, I cannot even begin to explain how great this was to sip on during the course of the night.

Overall it was sublime, truly just a wonderful mixture of everything that made this one of the best beers I have ever had. Well worth the hype for me as I would want nothing more out of this really. Glad I could finally knock one of the list.

Photo of stx00lax
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle graciously opened by me and shared with Mego and Ross. Thanks me!

A- Clear light amber with thin white lacing. (bottle has been upright and undisturbed for over a year)

S- Oaky/bretty funk. A little bit of white grapey effervescence and lemon. Pretty mild but interesting

T- Similar to smell. great balance between lactic sourness and bretty funk which is impressive. Not as complex as a great geuze, but cant find any flaws with the taste. Its just really balanced and refreshing. The more i drank, the more i wanted. As good as american wilds get

M- Spritzy carb combined with a balance of sweet fruits and drying wood keep you wanting to drink more.

Overall- Awesome. I wasnt immediately blown away, but the more I drank , the more I was able to appreciate the amazing subtleties of this beer. Its ranked highly for a reason

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish-amber, quite ruddy and hazy with a quarter-inch of head that left a minimal amount of lace.

Smell: Green apple and lemon, hints of musty oak, very sour but mild on the funk and quite clean overall.

Taste/mouthfeel: Similar to the nose but richer and fuller; hints of caramel and vanilla reside beneath the puckering sourness. The body is on the full side of light; it coats the palate with a ton of flavor but goes down easy. The finish is drying, sour and slightly tannic.

Drinkability: A definite sipper, but I had no troubles sipping two glasses of this over the course of a couple of hours. Highly drinkable stuff that seems to grow in complexity the more you sip on it.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So for my 300th review and my promotion to Disciple of Beer, I figure that I should review a special beer for a special occasion. Again, thanks to Trey, who offered up this bottle for our recent tasting. As I continue to work through my backlog of reviews, this again is reviewed from my notes.

The color is a dirty and burnt orange amber color that glows when held up to the light. The head is creamy and yields some spotty lacing.

Aromas of orange and lemon zest, some cherries, and only a touch of dry cocoa powder. There is a good sourness that comes through with Russian River's funky aroma that complements the citric acidity very nicely. Again, there is a lot of orange and lemon on the palate. Toffee shows up this time and brings with it a compelling almost spontaneous-tasting earthiness. Tart cherries remain on the palate long after the finish.

Light and spritzy carbonation combined with a light to medium consistency. This is somewhat more subdued than the T20, but just as satisfying and enjoyable. The sourness is spot-on, and it doesn't detract from the funky base and fruity aspects of the beer.

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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.